Objects and Stories

Recording and Remembering Your Story

There are many ways in which to tell a story. How you choose to tell a story might depend on a few things like: 

- Is it a very visual story? Might it need illustrations?

- Should it be acted out?

- Is it a very descriptive story, that would be best written down?

- Does it involve lots of voices, like a play?


You might also think about your intended audience and what method would be the best way to help them understand the story.


  • Oral storytelling: Storytelling is an art and telling a story is not just about reading from a book, but acting out the story to make it come to life. Good storytellers animate their stories using different voices, accents, volume, body actions and props. They also like to involve the audience, asking them questions and getting them to join in!

  • Recording using video equipment (film): Using new technologies, film and video is a very popular form of getting an audience interested in a story. Films can take a number of different formats like a documentary or blockbuster movie for example. Films today are very cleverly put together using audio, imagery, motion and special effects.

  • Recording using audio equipment (MP3 files, podcasting, audio CDs): This might sound harder than you think, but you can use your mobile phone, a simple audio recorder or a microphone plugged into a PC and Microsoft Word to do this! Of course, you would need to prepare your story and practice it a few times first.

  • Digital stories: Digital stories can mix images, photographs, text, short film clips and audio together to tell a story. Examples can be seen on storytelling websites - see Related Links at the bottom of the page.



Illustrating the story

Using images to bring a written or oral story to life is a good way of helping the audience to picture the story you are telling.


  • Photographs: Photographs are often used - for documentary type articles and programmes or autobiography - where the story is based on fact.

  • Performance: Have you ever been to see a play, pantomime or opera? Do you think you could put together your own to tell your story?

  • Storyboarding or cartoon: Who remembers Dandy and Beano? Popular comic books that started in the 1930s and are still printed today. More modern comics include the Simpsons, Spiderman, Bratz, X Men, Disney Princess, Disney High School Musical and Hannah Montana.

    Comics use a mix of illustrations and short text to tell a story in a particular sequence.

  • Animation: By linking a series of images together, you can make photographs, drawings, objects and clay models, for example, appear as if they are moving.

    Did you know, the first animation ever made was in Leeds by a man called Louis Le Prince? Louis used a special type of photographic film to record the images. Individual pictures (frames) were taken quickly, one after the other and when the images were projected the people, animals and vehicles appeared to be moving. This is called a 'motion picture'.



Find out more about the history of animation on My Learning here.

See also our Animation Toolkit for a practical guide to creating different animation effects. 

View other relevant My Learning resources or see the teachers' notes page for discussion and activity ideas. 

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